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Maggie's Man (Family Secrets #1)

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It was bad enough being called for jury duty - but being taken hostage...! Ok, maybe her captor appealed to her on a primitive level, but getting involved with a convicted murderer was hardly a sensible move. And Maggie was always sensible...right?


This was Cain's last chance to prove his innocence
Paperback, Silhouette Intimate Moments, #776, Maximillian's Children, #1, 256 pages
Published March 1st 1997 by Harlequin Books
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I loved Maggie's Man, it took a while for me to like it but I loved it totally.

Maggie is one of those women who sees goodness in everyone, she will help out people on the street, adopt pets no-one will, refuse to have non-veg and she is also a marriage counselor. Everyone calls her sweet and that's her tag, she's every guy's best buddy. Her father, fathered children with different women and her two-half brothers and even her grandmother cosset her. So, one day when summoned for jury duty, a man
Lynsey A
What a lovely story! This was a sweet love story and I loved how Maggie became a Hawthorne Red! Loved her brothers and loved Cain.

The ending was a little fast for me. I definitely wanted a longer epilogue. I hope we get a peek if Maggie and Cain in her brothers's books. I am sure we will because we still have no idea who the woman is in her locket.
Sep 21, 2013 Tabi34 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lisa-gardner
This is Lisa Gardner writing as Alicia Scott. While I thought the book was ok, I'm really glad Gardner starting writing under her own name and writing the thrillers I'm used too.

Maggie gets called to jury duty, and while waiting is kidnapped by a man, Cain, who's been in solitary confinement for 6 years. As they travel across Oregon, Maggie metamorphs into a strong-willed woman and in the course of less than 20 hours and only 300 miles - falls in love with her captor and has sex with him. There
Philisha Stephens
I really wanted to like this book because I like Lisa Garner's other stories. However, I ended up skipping over a lot of the useless wordiness and found several huge flaws.

1. I’m really into the book and by chapter 2 (43 pages in) I come to a screeching halt. Maggie is sitting in a stolen truck with escape convict Cain handcuffed to him. He’s driving with both hands and she is sitting right next to him. See the picture? They are tight and cramped in a truck driving down the road. This is where I
May 30, 2013 Julie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book was good as is anything by Lisa Gardner. However, I can't say I loved it. Maggie was a sweet character but I didn't find her wholly 'believable'. She was too naive, too ridiculous at times. Cain never came together for me at all. Other than the fact that he was good-looking and was a good person, he stayed two-dimensional. I also found that I was looking for less description and more dialog. I often just skipped through the description to get to the 'meat' of the story. Overall, I enjoy ...more
May 08, 2016 Sarah rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
Ok... Maggie is stupid. Not just stupid but STUPID!!! She's slow, dim witted and I'm pretty sure that her mama dropped her on her head multiple times as a baby! I got maybe 2 chapters into this book, maybe 3, before I gave up on her and her stupid. And yes, it is necessary to re-iterate how STUPID she is as many time's as possible! Cain is a bit stupid too, but that's only because he doesn't knock her out or give her a good scare too make her shut up and do what he wants. But the only thing I ca ...more
Not an interesting book, and the two MC were stupid. Maggie was naive and just too trusting of a strange man who abducted her. This guy grabs her and she eventually starts to trust and lust after him. She had so many chances to escape! I don't care that Cain ended up being a good guy, she didn't know that for sure at the time. Cain must have caught the stupid from Maggie because he manages to get the truck (he stole) stolen from himself by two youngsters. He was lucky his brother was even dumber ...more
I'm really having a laugh and enjoying reading all these reviews by readers for whom 'romance' is not their usual thing and the sense of outrage that their crime writer has left her wits behind in writing romance. Some of these reviews are really funny and the range of viewpoints is vast.

In recent years I strayed widely into genres I normally wouldn't have delved nor to such an extent. I listen to audio books from an Australian library situated in the country. I've almost permanently, when possi
Lizzie Andrews
Ok, so here it is: I love Lisa Gardner's books. Love them, enough that I have almost every book written by her. However, Maggie's Man is not one of my favorites.

The book was good, the story line was a bit bumpy though. On the positive side, it eventually does get really good! You just have to be patient. That is not my strong suit, and I am so used to her writing style that I was really disappointed in the beginning. Maybe if I didn't know Lisa Gardner had really wrote this, I wouldn't have had
“Gripping… the pages turn with speed.”
— The Wall Street Journal

I’m literally cringing as I write this. For the first time in my life I am ashamed of my name. I tried to read this book but I just could not finish. I think I stopped reading three pages in, it’s THAT BAD.
This book lost me on the first page.


The first paragraph.

Let’s try and see what went wrong, shall we:


Chapter 1

“Don’t move.”

Maggie Ferringer looked up blankly from her seat on the wooden bench outside the second-floor cour
I didn't like this book nearly as much as McNamara's Woman. I think Maggie's character is schizophrenic - the transformation from meek to empowered just didn't work for me. When the development arc of a major character doesn't work, the story is just less enjoyable. It struck me as a more conventional romance and much less a mystery or suspense story.
Nothing wrong with that, but I prefer my romantic suspense stories more suspenseful than this.

Karen L
The main relationship in this book is weird in my opinion. Why would a woman fall in love with the man who kidnapped her and want to build a life with him? Maggie has been called in for jury duty and while making her way through a hallway at the court house, an armed man, Cain, points a gun at her, drags her outside and into a car so he can get away from jail. Cain want to find the person who put him in jail for a crime he did not commit…his brother.
Feb 02, 2015 Jo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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May 29, 2016 Debs rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
I have read a lot of books and I have to say, I liked "Maggie's Man". Is it Lisa Gardner's typical writing today? No, but this was a romance book that was first published in 1997 and reprinted in 2013 under Alicia Scott. I remember those romance books of the 90's and loved them. I read every one I could get my hands on. Maggie's Man was such a fun read for me and my review is based on a romance book written in 1997. For those that were very critical of this one, I would say that for me, it shows ...more
Michelle Paquette
What can I say about this book...I think that the storyline of Fifty Shades of Gray is more possible than this book. I've really enjoyed the Lisa Gardner series that she wrote with her real name - so someone had suggested this series to me, and I figured since it was her under a penname, I would probably still enjoy it. I think the biggest problem is the story is too short. There is not enough time for the plot to actually develop and evolve - so it is not even close to practical. This is a book ...more
Oct 27, 2012 Mydearloverboy rated it it was amazing
what a great book...!!
Beautifully done...I can clearly see why they fell in love with each other;p
overall, 5++ stars!
Leonie Byrne
I have read several of Lisa Gardner's books. All I can say is thank god I read the others before this one because based on this novel alone I would never have picked up another Lisa Gardner book again. I really hate to slate books and this does get two stars purely because if you like this kind of Mills and Boon featuring your local murderer type novel then you would probably enjoy this, for someone who is a big fan of Lisa's DD Warren series however this book was a huge disappointment and I hig ...more
Dec 10, 2014 Marilyn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Dumb,dumb,dumb -both the book and the characters.
Bridget Bailey
Apr 17, 2015 Bridget Bailey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my first book by Lisa Gardner writing as Alicia Scott which is a little bit different from what I'm used to. I have always enjoyed Lisa's books as they are fast paced with great story lines and lots of twists and turns along the way. This is the first book in this trilogy about 3 half siblings. when comparing this book to Lisa's other books, this one was definitely more predictable in what was going to happen and the ending before it happened. Typically her other books keep you guessing ...more
Kerry Berenato
Jan 05, 2015 Kerry Berenato rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I can't finish this garbage.
Caroline Cairn
Mar 10, 2016 Caroline Cairn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-f-romance
After reading the lukewarm reviews, I expected to be left disgruntled by this book, but I really enjoyed it. I noticed that the heroine was a nice girl, and apparently, being nice nowadays means stupid, boring, irritating (and women readers are the most vehement in that affirmation). I find it sad.
For me, it was a good little story, no dull moments, an old fashioned heroine (which I found refreshing actually) and a man respectful of a woman (again, these heroes are rare among the highly sexed-up
I am a great fan of J.R. Ward and I looked to see authors she recommends, so this was first up.

I was not disappointed.

This is what the Amazon Blurb said:

When shy and reserved Maggie Ferringer was called for jury duty, she never expected to be kidnapped by an escaped convict. But when Cain Cannon, disguised as a prison guard, pulls a gun, she has no choice but to be taken hostage. Cain claims that he’s innocent of killing his girlfriend six years ago and now he wants revenge on the people who put
Starr Gardinier
Apr 30, 2014 Starr Gardinier rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
By Lisa Gardner (writing as Alicia Scott)
Alicia Scott...Lisa Gardner...the name doesn’t matter. What does is the magic between the covers of this novel. And that’s what Gardner/Scott writes.
Maggie, a meek, redheaded twenty-seven-year-old woman is duty bound to honor her calling to serve as juror. But instead, ends up being kidnapped by Cain, a convicted murderer, who is there at the courthouse to defend himself pro se. After knocking out a guard, he steals the guard’s clothes, a tru
Andrea Corley
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I was pretty excited to read this, but also carried many reservations about it, as Lisa Gardner is my absolute all-time favorite author, so I was excited to read more of her work, but very apprehensive about a different type of book from her, but I must say that I honestly wasn't disappointed. I have heard a few people say that they just aren't up to par with her mystery books, but I didn't have a problem with the book at
Oct 12, 2013 Richere rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First things first, I'm normally hooked into YA books and not adult romances. Secondly I'm definitely not a fan of third person reading. But when I started reading this I had it down pat in two days. I ripped through the pages but most importantly I was downright satisfied in the end.

Maggie's Man was to me, very well balanced. And the reasons why:

1) It opens up to a suspenseful two worded sentence stating, "Don't move." Now how is THAT not enticing and something to drag you into the book??
2) At
Jun 03, 2013 Gina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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*I received this book free through Goodreads Firstreads.

5 stars for the ending, 4 stars for the entire book.

Beginning the book felt a little odd; since it took a while for me to actually get in to the flow of the story. Too much detail and time seemed to be put into the first half of the book; slowing the story down.

I originally imagined Cain and Maggie's journey to Idaho be reached by the time I was a little more than halfway through the book. And then from there Cain would take action in Idah
Carol  MacInnis
Nov 04, 2013 Carol MacInnis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maggie Ferringer, twenty-seven years old has been called for jury duty when a man dressed as a prison guard kidnapped her while waiting her turn outside the courtroom. After stealing a vehicle and hot wiring it, she learns her captor is driving to Idaho to find his brother, Abraham 'Ham' to kill him.

Captor, 'Cain' Cannon, had been convicted of second degree murder in the case of his girlfriend. Although he was falsely convicted and he knew the killer, all he had was his word and no proof. It lan
Listened for Review (Brilliance)
Overall Rating 3.75
Story Rating: 3.50
Character Rating: 4.00

Audio Rating: 3.50 (not part of the overall rating)

First Thought when Finished: I liked Maggie's Man more than I thought would and now need the rest of the series!

Story Thoughts: I am a huge fan of Lisa Gardner but not always a fan of escaped convicts do good type of stories. To say that I was torn on whether to give this one a whirl was an understatement. However, Lisa (or Alicia) did this story right. Ye
Unfortunately I didn't connect well with Maggie - she was far, far too "good". Constantly lecturing Cain (the escaped murderer) about morals and how he should treat people, there were times I wished she would do something mean or wrong just to make her more human. Cain on the other hand, was the perfect tortured hero, falsely accused and wanting to make things right, knowing that it might mean hurting people to get it done.

Cain's part of the story was great. I loved his character as well as his
Dottie Aubel
Jun 11, 2014 Dottie Aubel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am a big fan of Lisa Gardner's books, but this was my first time reading one of hers written as Alicia Scott. I was definitely not disappointed. Maggie's Man had the suspense and thrills that I have come to expect from Lisa Gardner, but with a touch of romance. Maggie and Cain are very likeable characters that I found myself really caring what would happen to them. I found this to be a highly entertaining story that I would recommend to readers of romance as well as suspense.
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